Domenicali: It was the wrong Bull that stopped
23 September 2013 – Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali has conceded the situation in the battle for the Drivers’ Championship is becoming increasingly difficult in the wake of Sebastian Vettel’s third win in a row and his seventh of the season in Singapore.
With Vettel taking yet another victory for Red Bull, Fernando Alonso lost further ground, and while he minimised it by finishing in a fantastic second in his Ferrari F138, he now trails the German by 60 points.
With just six races to go, the situation doesn’t look good, although Domenicali added that the Scuderia has no intention of giving up.
“I am happy with the performance of the team on a weekend that was not easy for us and on a day when unfortunately, it was the wrong Bull that stopped [with Mark Webber retiring on the final lap]. Clearly, with yet another win for Vettel, to whom I send my congratulations, the Drivers’ Championship situation is becoming difficult, but until the outcome is a mathematical certainty, we will continue to push,” he confirmed.
Alonso eventually finished over 30 seconds adrift of Vettel at the chequered flag – despite a safety car period on lap 25 that backed up the pack, while Felipe Massa came home sixth in the sister car.
“A reasonably clear scenario emerged from Friday’s practice, in which apart from the leaders being very strong, we were also up against Mercedes and Lotus, who were also back to being very competitive here in Singapore,” Domenicali continued. “We finished ahead of them in unfavourable conditions and this should motivate us to give it our all over the last six races.”
“We definitely have to be realistic about our chances, however, even if we have a duty to ourselves and those working in Maranello, to try and score as many points as possible, because we don’t want to give up on doing well in both classifications,” he added.
“We have seen how performance levels can change depending on the circuits and during the coming week we will prepare to tackle the Korea-Japan doubleheader in the best way possible”.